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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Pokes fun at celebrities and others. Sometimes borders on cruel. Shows people (good and bad) behaving at their worst.
Violence & Scariness
Puppets sometimes hit, poke, or jump on other puppets to cause harm. One scene hints at prison rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Puppets sometimes simulate sex and dress scantily -- no genitals shown.
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Generally tame language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some shows depict puppets drinking or smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this funny (to some), adult-oriented spoof involves puppets acting out scenes described in real legal documents, many of which are lewd or violent. For example, in one episode, several puppets dressed as strippers pole-dance in a sexually suggestive manner and then jump on a male puppet's genitals against his will. Having a laugh at another's expense is the emphasis of the show, and celebrities are the main target. Puppets are sometimes seen drinking, smoking, or having sex -- always in a comical way.
Is It Any Good?
Teens with a crude sense of humor will love this show, and parents may get a kick out of it, too. But both should be aware that The Smoking Gun pushes a lot of limits (it's part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup for good reason). Some might see the inspection and exploitation of others' legal documents as an invasion of privacy, and certainly the Web site's collection of mug shots borders on cruel. But others will see the show, and the site, as a way to bring famous folks down to earth and take away some of their power over us.
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